How to stop my dog from growling/barking when taking something away from him?
My almost 9 month German Shepherd has always been sweet. Of coarse he tries to nibble at you when you play. But lately when we try to take something away that’s he is not suppose to be chewing but he really likes it he’s been growling or barking at us. When someone tried to take chicken away from him he growled and just earlier he was chewing on my carpet and he wasn’t paying attention when I said no and walked up to him to tap he’s head to get his attention he barked and growled at me. I just walked away and I don’t know what to do.
- Trade! Offer him something 'way better' than what he's guarding. There's no point getting into a situation where he could bite. Also adopt 'prevention/avoidance' so he doesn't start challenging you. And it's time to work on the 'drop - leave' because for sure, he needs to let go if he gets hold of something that's dangerous for him (to say nothing of things you value!).11
- Training/correction, is your responsibility, not the dogs, once you find a method that works for both of you stick with it, for the remainder of the dogs life. Or research resource guarding by using one or more of the search engines that are available to everyone, I won't do it for you.
" just walked away and I don’t know what to do." Obviously he's already trained you when it should have been the other way around from the beginning.
Train the leave command which may one day save his life, and avoid someone getting injured, dog being removed at your expense, being sued and the dog being euthanized.20
- 1. Do not tap his head to "get his attention". This is a sure-fire way to make it worse.
2. Do not feed chicken, unless just a few chunks in his bowl along with his food. A large chunk of chicken is too much like prey and will bring out that sort of instinct in him.
Keep a collar on him and possibly a leash. If he has something he shouldn't, make him sit and hold him in the sitting position. Then take the item away.
If he keeps the item in his mouth, pull back sharply on the collar until he drops it. While still holding him in the sitting position take the item. You may need help from another person to hold him sitting. If he allowed you to do this, praise him.
if he still won't release the item, offer a trade finding something you know he will want. Once he drops the first thing pick it up, and if necessary hold the collar as well.
Always use praise because dogs live for praise. But you must get the rules in order at this point. Take him to training classes if needed.03
- Punish him don't go to the dog park and raise your voice enough for him to know hes in trouble05
- Train it then01
- This is called resource guarding and its not a good behavior. I seriously suggest contacting a behaviorist in your area to assess the best next course of action. Walking away from him when he growls at you is the exact wrong thing to do. You are showing him that growling at you works.
For now, hand feeding him every morsel and teaching "Leave It" for when he chews on things he s not supposed to chew is paramount.01
- You need to assert your position as the leader with firmness but not aggression.00
- Get rid of it.11
- Play swoops.
Hopefully the chicken is RAW. Dogs cannot cope with cooked chicken bones.
Try playing swoops. Have a tempting alternative treat available when you want him to leave whatever he is eating.00
- You are asking for trouble. The best way to do this is to have another toy that he likes. Hold the other toy in front of him and use the command DROP IT. Once he drops the toy or thing you don't want him to have, you can give him the substitute toy. DO NOT LET THE GROWLING AND NIPPING CONTINUE. I fear that one day you might get a severe bite!!!!!!00
- Grab by the scruff of the neck as his mother and father would and make him comply with your commands. Loud verbal directives should be included. You don't have to be rough even just lightly pinching the scruff will give you enough compliance. My German shepherd is also a handful. The main thing is showing dominance. Dogs are pack animals. They follow strength and guidance. Don't be afraid to be a little aggressive. You need to show him that he isn't the boss.36
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